(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee filed requests Thursday for state-house e-mails from Mitt Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts.
The requests specifically seek e-mails that include words that could reinforce the image the Democrats seek to paint of Romney as a candidate: "delete emails," "flip-flop," "change position," "raise taxes and fees," "move to the right," and "ranked 47th in job creation."
The moves come the day a front-page story in the Boston Globe alleged aides to Romney purchased their work computers - and destroyed e-mails from their time in the governor's service - after leaving the state house in 2006.
The Romney campaign reacted to the story Thursday by filing requests for e-mail correspondence between the current governor of Massachusetts, Democrat Deval Patrick, and members of President Barack Obama's political staff.
The records request from the DNC is for e-mails sent and received by nine members of Romney's staff during his time as governor. The nine aides specified by the DNC are the same ones who were alleged in the Boston Globe to have bought their work hard drives after leaving the state government.
In a press release, the DNC said its request would help the public learn about Romney's time as governor.
The release said, in part: "Americans deserve to know whether the Romney administration deliberately sought to delete public records in anticipation of requests regarding Governor Romney's record on a range of issues from abortion to health care and how he reached policy decision when in office."
In a letter sent earlier Thursday, Romney's campaign accused Massachusetts Gov. Patrick of supplying the information about the purchased hard drives.
In a request sent to the Massachusetts state house, Romney Campaign Manager Matt Rhoades wrote: "It is evident that your office has become an opposition research arm of the Obama reelection campaign. The latest example occurred yesterday when your chief legal counsel, Mark Reilly, in the absence of a legitimate public records request, supplied The Boston Globe with copies of cancelled checks from 2006 documenting the lawful purchase of computer equipment by departing members of the Romney administration."
Rhoades continued: "This action was nothing more than a weak attempt to disparage practices that you know were in complete compliance with the law."
The Romney campaign request is for all correspondence between Patrick and three top members of Obama's re-election campaign: David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina.
The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ask for his birth certificate!
I want to know why Mitt Romney's five sons did not volunteer for military service !
And he wants to start another war with Iran .
It is curious how every official e-mail from Governor Romney's term has vanished. It makes one wonder exactly how much politicing he did during his term.
Ask dip about the 15billion dallar. Big dig in Boston, all the political hacks,aunts and uncles, sons and daughters, and dogs and cats were on the payroll. This project was supposed to cost. 2.5. Billion. I though he was a ficile conservative, don't they save money??? Well he wasn't there much anyway. To busy running for pres even then. There's always. 2016
Against their values, against their believes tea baggers has to vote for Romney that is big victory for nation. Waiting for that day
So, the guts of this story is that Romney's office wiped the computers clean before they sold them when he left office? And, somehow this is supposed to be news?
I also would LOVE to see the emails between Deval Patrick and Obama's campaign members!! I bet that these emails will be a LOT more interesting.
in Massachusetts, a lot of citizens refer to Deval Patrick as Obama's "mini me". Until Obama took a dive in the polls/approval, Deval Patrick actually thought that he had a chance of winning the presidency next.
There will be a LOT of intereting information if Romney's campaign/lawyers can get their hands on Deval Patrick's correspondence/emails.
That's a good idea but there are plenty of interviews where he is for pro life then against it, he is for healthcare to all and then against it.
The $250M man has nowhere to hide!